Company

About us

Micro I/O - Serviços de Electrónica, Lda. is an enterprise that creates integrated software and hardware solutions for its own products or for specific custom applications. With a strong R&D and innovation activity, in connection with Universities in Portugal and Europe, Micro I/O uses cutting-edge technology in the development of products and services, fitting the customer’s needs.


Micro I/O was founded in 1998 at the Enterprise Incubator of Universidade of Aveiro. Since then, a tight collaboration with this and other Universities is carried on, promoting above all innovation, creativity and knowledge. This has also impact on the recruitment of high qualified professionals in many areas and in a constant activity of in-company masters and PhDs.


Micro I/O privileges communication with its clients, leveraging synergies and creating innovative products and services in which the result of R&D activities are often integrated. This attitude has resulted in the submission of national and international patents in several areas such as payments and communication systems. Accordingly, Micro I/O has obtain an international certification in the systematization of product development and improvement of critical processes of the organization – ITMARK, thus integrating the restrict group of the first three Portuguese companies holding this certification. It is also worth to be mentioned the certification in accordance with the standard NP4457:2007 of its Integrated Management System and the certification of the Quality Management System with the ISO 9001:2008 standard.


With an annual growth in recent years far above the national average, Micro I/O is in counter cycle of the portuguese economy, thanks to a solid management, a strong focus on technologically proven solutions and to a diverse range of products and solutions, giving an effective response to the main concerns of its vast market: security issues and increasing management efficiency in organizations.

  • To design solutions to support the acquisition, processing and supplying valuable information for the organizations and decision makers.
  • To be a reference company in the development of integrated hardware and software solutions.

  • To look for innovative projects and products in the information technology and cyberphysical systems fields, with strong commitment in I&D and in the recruitment and qualification of its professionals.

  • To become till 2020 the leader in Portugal in the development of specialized electronic systems.

  • Active sharing of knowledge, leveraging partnerships to anticipate and meet the needs of costumers.

  • Strong commitment in meeting the client expectations.

  • To support the personal and professional development of its employees, by promoting their motivation.

  • To spread innovative thinking, doing today what the others will only be able to do tomorrow.
Micro I/O main objective is to exceed customers' expectations, focusing on communication and treating all information in a secretive and careful way in order to protect and save customer property, leveraging the synergies and creating innovative products . Other innovative goals go through:

• fully meet the needs and expectations of customers through innovative products and services from research and development activities; • Enhance value creation through the development of a good external communication;

• Monitor interfaces getting feedback on new business opportunities, the level of products and processes in partnership with customers, suppliers and other entities, and ensuring the circulation and transfer of knowledge from across the organization;

• Encourage a culture of innovation and creativity in order to develop ideas that contribute to the company's competitiveness;

• Control / restrict access of sensitive information only to authorized partners and with the consent of the administration / customer / partner;

• Define security information objectives and monitor them annually ensuring confidentiality, accessibility and integrity to ensure that the system information will be kept confidential and accessible to those entitled; Micro I/O' members meeting ensures compliance with the requirements of NP EN ISO 9001: 2008, NP ISO/IEC 27001: 2013, best practices of NP 4457: 2007 and certification in IT Mark, and commits itself to promote continuous improvement in order to provide the company with a responsible, competent, motivated and participative management model in the framework of a permanent optimization policy.

Our history

  • 2016
    INTERNATIONAL PATENT approved in USA - Method and apparatus for the deterministic capture of a communication channel shared among contention based technologies"

    SME Leader 2016
  • 2015
    SME Leader 2015
  • 2014
    Micro I/O achieved the Excelence and SME Leader creditation in 2014 (awarded by IAPMEI).
  • 2013
    1st SIGE (acronym in Portuguese of Integrated System for School Management) implementation in Brazil.

    Micro I/O achieved the SME Leader creditation in 2013 (awarded by IAPMEI)
  • 2012
    Development of a shower management system – client: UBI;

    UniCard Business Implementation in the University of Lisbon;

    Internationational certification in IT-MARK and in the NP4457 standard, in this case with its integrated management system.
  • 2011
    Unicard Kids implementation in the Municipality of Almada;

    Development of a laundry management and payment system – University of Beira Interior (UBI);

    Beginning of internationalization (Brazil, Angola and Cape Verde).
  • 2010
    First product under the initiative M2M Optimus Connect – UniCard AnyWhere;

    School Market Leader (overcoming 500.000 students).
  • 2009
    Patent submission in USA (Reliable Wireless Comunications).
  • 2008
    Unicard Kids implementation in the Municipality of Aveiro.
  • 2007
    National Award “Engenheiro Jaime Filipe” in rehabilitation, with the B-Live project.
  • 2006
    SIGE selected by Totta Bank as national wide TottaEscolas product.

    Begining of internal I&D supported by the national research agency through the NITEC Program.
  • 2004
    Deployment of access control in Vodafone in Parque das Nações, Lisbon.
  • 2002
    Launching of SIGE system in Aradas School, Aveiro.
  • 2000
    First Thermal Management System in Monfortinho Spa - BES Group.
  • 1998
    Micro I/O was founded in Aveiro in the business incubator of Universidade de Aveiro.

Our team

Managment / Direction

  • José A. Fonseca - Partner
  • Fernando Almeida - Partner / Director



Cientific CV

Awards

"Engenheiro Jaime Filipe" Award
“Engenheiro Jaime Filipe” Award, 2007 (best innovative design and promoter of autonomy in the context of rehabilitation engineering), assigned by the Portuguese Social Security Institute.

Books chapters

“Communications in Medical Applications”
P. Bartolomeu, J.A. Fonseca, N. Rocha, F. Basto, “Communications in Medical Applications”, to appear in Industrial Electronics Handbook, IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, 2010.

PhDs

“Real-Time Wireless Communications for Building Automation”
P. Bartolomeu, “Real-Time Wireless Communications for Building Automation”, PhD in Business, University of Aveiro - Micro I/O, concluded in 2014.

Master’s Dissertations

"Avaliação de sensores para deteção de estacionamento de veículos"
Miguel Maria Rodrigues Madeira de Sousa Gomes, "Avaliação de sensores para deteção de estacionamento de veículos", Mestrado Integrado em Engenharia Electrónica e Telecomunicações, Universidade de Aveiro, concluído em 2013.
"B-Live home: aplicação móvel para sistema de domótica habitacional"
André Mendes Peixoto, "B-Live home: aplicação móvel para sistema de domótica habitacional", Mestrado Integrado em Engenharia Electrónica e Telecomunicações, Universidade de Aveiro, concluído em 2012.
"Concepção, integração e avaliação de sensores e actuadores numa WSAN"
Tiago João Gonçalves Lindeza, "Concepção, integração e avaliação de sensores e actuadores numa WSAN", Mestrado Integrado em Engenharia Electrónica e Telecomunicações, Universidade de Aveiro, concluído em 2012.
"Implementação de um sistema de gestão na Micro I/O"
Carla Sofia Rodrigues Ferreira, "Implementação de um sistema de gestão na Micro I/O", Mestrado em Gestão, Universidade de Aveiro, concluído em 2012.
"Sistema de monitorização e orientação sem fios para parqueamento"
Daniel Oliveira da Silva, "Sistema de monitorização e orientação sem fios para parqueamento", Mestrado Integrado em Engenharia Electrónica e Telecomunicações, Universidade de Aveiro, concluído em 2012.
"Sensores e atuadores sem fios para ambientes habitacionais"
Pedro Miguel Capinha Germano do Mar, "Sensores e atuadores sem fios para ambientes habitacionais", Mestrado Integrado em Engenharia Electrónica e Telecomunicações, Universidade de Aveiro, concluído em 2011.
"B-Live wireless: um protocolo de tempo-real para domótica habitacional"
Vasco José Dias Baptista, "B-Live wireless: um protocolo de tempo-real para domótica habitacional", Mestrado Integrado em Engenharia Electrónica e Telecomunicações, Universidade de Aveiro, concluído em 2011.
“Tecnologias sem fios no apoio a pessoas com limitações funcionais”
Marco Daniel Almeida Oliveira “Tecnologias sem fios no apoio a pessoas com limitações funcionais”, Mestrado Integrado em Engenharia Electrónica e Telecomunicações, Universidade de Aveiro, concluído em 2009.
“Gestão de Parques de Estacionamento com Base em Tecnologias sem Fios”
Rui Miguel de Bernardes Rebelo, “Gestão de Parques de Estacionamento com Base em Tecnologias sem Fios”, Mestrado Integrado em Engenharia Electrónica e Telecomunicações, Universidade de Aveiro, concluído em 2008.
“Controlo de Assiduidade com Multiposto e Comunicações Wireless”
Pedro André Rodrigues Simão, “Controlo de Assiduidade com Multiposto e Comunicações Wireless”, Mestrado Integrado em Engenharia Electrónica e Telecomunicações, Universidade de Aveiro, concluído em 2008.
“Adaptação de Cadeiras de Rodas Convencionais para Pacientes Tetraplégicos”
António José Couto Rebelo da Costa, “Adaptação de Cadeiras de Rodas Convencionais para Pacientes Tetraplégicos”, Dissertação de Mestrado Integrado em Engenharia Electrónica e Telecomunicações, Universidade de Aveiro, em curso.
“Correcção de interferência electromagnética em sistemas de localização”
José Eduardo Gomes Oliveira, “Correcção de interferência electromagnética em sistemas de localização”, Mestrado Integrado em Engenharia Física, Universidade de Aveiro, concluído em 2008.
“Interface com Reconhecimento de Fala para Apoio a Pessoas com Limitações Funcionais”
Carlos Jorge Enes Capitão de Abreu “Interface com Reconhecimento de Fala para Apoio a Pessoas com Limitações Funcionais”, Dissertação de Mestrado (Pré-Bolonha) em Engenharia Biomédica, Universidade de Aveiro, concluído em 2008.
“Comunicações em Aplicações de Domótica para Apoio a Pessoas com Limitação Funcional”
Vasco Miguel Teotónio Brites de Pinho Santos, “Comunicações em Aplicações de Domótica para Apoio a Pessoas com Limitação Funcional”, Dissertação de Mestrado Integrado em Engenharia Electrónica e Telecomunicações, Universidade de Aveiro, concluído em 2007.

Lectures by invitation

“Tecnologias de apoio à 3ª idade e à mobilidade”
II Encontro de Pessoas com Deficiência das Comunidades Portuguesas, Lisboa, 30/06/2009.
“Domótica e Tecnologias para Apoio à Reabilitação”,
Congresso Nacional de Enfermagem de Reabilitação 2008, Coimbra, 09/12/2008.
“Projetos Inovadores”
II Encontro de Enfermagem de Reabilitação, Vila do Conde.
“Flexible Communications in Wired and Wireless Networks”
Vienna University of Technology, Viena, Austria, 27/06/2008.
“B-LIVE: Um sistema domótico para apoio a pessoas com limitações funcionais”
I Encontro de Pessoas com Deficiência das Comunidades Portuguesas, Lisboa, 08/05/2008.
“Experiências de participação da Universidade de Aveiro e Micro I/O na rede Telesal”
Workshop InovaRia, Ílhavo, 23/10/2007.
“Sistemas domóticos e sistemas de apoio para pessoas com incapacidade”
I Congresso: “Reabilitar para a Vida”, Escola de Saúde, Instituto Politécnico de Viseu, 12/10/2006.

Papers in International Conferences

"Communication Protocol for Open Environment Housings"
V. Baptista, P. Bartolomeu, P. MAr, J. Fonseca, "Communication Protocol for Open Environment Housings", 16th IEEE INternational Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, Toulouse, France.
"Wireless Parking Lot Monitoring and Guidance"
D. Silva, P. Bartolomeu, J. Fonseca, "Wireless Parking Lot Monitoring and Guidance", 16th IEEE INternational Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, Toulouse, France.
“Speech as the Basic Interface for Assistive Technology ”
A. Teixeira , D. Braga, L. Coelho, J.A. Fonseca , J. Alvarelhão, I. Martín, N. Rocha, A. Calado, M. Dias, “Speech as the Basic Interface for Assistive Technology ”, to appear in International Conference on Software Development for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion (DSAI 2009), Lisboa, Portugal , 3-5 June 2009.
“A New Approach for Operating Powered Wheelchairs by People with Severe Impairments”
M. Urbano, J.A. Fonseca, U. Nunes, A. Lopes, “A New Approach for Operating Powered Wheelchairs by People with Severe Impairments”, to appear in International Conference on Software Development for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion (DSAI 2009), Lisboa, Portugal, , 3-5 June 2009.
“A MAC Protocol to Manage Communications in Localization Systems based in IEEE802.15.4”
J.A. Fonseca, P. Bartolomeu, “A MAC Protocol to Manage Communications in Localization Systems based in IEEE802.15.4”, IECON’2008, the 34th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, Orlando, USA, November 10-13, 2008.
“On the Timeliness of Multi-Hop Non-Beaconed ZigBee Broadcast Communications”
P. Bartolomeu, J.A. Fonseca, F. Vasques, “On the Timeliness of Multi-Hop Non-Beaconed ZigBee Broadcast Communications”, ETFA’2008, 13th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, Hamburg, Germany, September 15-18, 2008.
“Evaluating Severe Noise Interference in IEEE 802.15.4 based Location Systems”
J. Oliveira, P. Bartolomeu, J.A. Fonseca, L. Costa, “Evaluating Severe Noise Interference in IEEE 802.15.4 based Location Systems”, ETFA’2008, 13th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, Hamburg, Germany, September 15-18, 2008.
“Adaptation of Powered Wheelchairs for Quadriplegic Patients with Reduced Strength”
M. Urbano, J.A. Fonseca, U. Nunes, L. Figueiredo, A. Lopes, “Adaptation of Powered Wheelchairs for Quadriplegic Patients with Reduced Strength”, WIP Session, ETFA’2008, 13th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, Hamburg, Germany, September 15-18, 2008.
“A Tecnologia ao Serviço das Pessoas com Graves Limitações Físicas”
L. Figueiredo, A. Gomes, J.A. Fonseca, “A Tecnologia ao Serviço das Pessoas com Graves Limitações Físicas”, CISTI’2008, 3ª Conferência Ibérica de Sistemas y Tecnologías de Información, Vigo, Espanha, 19-21 de Junho, 2008.
“Time Attendance System with Multistation and Wireless Communications”
P. Simao,V. Santos, J.A. Fonseca, “Time Attendance System with Multistation and Wireless Communications”, 12th Annual IEEE International Symposium on Consumer Electronics – ISCE’2008, Algarve, Portugal, April, 14-16th 2008.
“Using CAN to retrofit houses for quadriplegic people”
J. A. Fonseca, P. Bartolomeu, V. Silva, V. Santos, C. Abreu, A. Mota, M. Cunha, A. Lopes, “Using CAN to retrofit houses for quadriplegic people”, 12th International CAN Conference (iCC'08), Barcelona, Spain , March 11-13, 2008.
"Challenges in Health Smart Homes"
P. Bartolomeu, J.A. Fonseca, F. Vasques, “Challenges in Health Smart Homes”, ATDMCP - Ambient Technologies for Diagnosing and Monitoring Chronic Patients Workshop, part of the 2nd International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare 2008, Tampere, Finland, 29 January 2008.
“Automating Home Appliances for Elderly and Impaired People: The B-Live Approach”
P. Bartolomeu, J. Fonseca, V. Santos, A. Mota, V. Silva, M. Cunha, “Automating Home Appliances for Elderly and Impaired People: The B-Live Approach”, Proceedings International Conference on Software Development for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion (DSAI 2007), Vila Real, Portugal, 8-9 November 2007.
“Speech Enabled Interface to Home Automation for Disabled or Elderly People”
C. Abreu , A. Teixeira , J. Fonseca, “Speech Enabled Interface to Home Automation for Disabled or Elderly People”, Proceedings International Conference on Software Development for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion (DSAI 2007), Vila Real, Portugal, 8-9 November 2007.
“Delay Measurement System for Real-Time Serial Data Streams”
P. Bartolomeu, V. Silva, J. Fonseca, “Delay Measurement System for Real-Time Serial Data Streams”, Proceedings 12th IEEE Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, Patras – Greece, September 25-28, 2007.
“On the practical issues of implementing the VTPE-hBEB protocol in small processing power controllers”
J. Fonseca, P. Bartolomeu, V. Silva, F. Carreiro, “On the practical issues of implementing the VTPE-hBEB protocol in small processing power controllers”, Proceedings 12th IEEE Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, Patras – Greece, September 25-28, 2007.
“B-Live – A Home Automation System for Disabled and Elderly People”
V. Santos, P. Bartolomeu, J. Fonseca, A. Mota, “B-Live – A Home Automation System for Disabled and Elderly People”, WIP, Proceedings IEEE Second International Symposium on Industrial Embedded Systems - SIES'2007, Lisbon, Portugal, 4-6 July 2007.

Main entities with which partnerships resulted in publications:

  • CMRRC-RP – Centro de Medicina Física e de Reabilitação do Centro – Rovisco Pais, Tocha;
  • FEUP – Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (Departamento de Engenharia Mecânica);
  • IPB – Instituto Politécnico de Bragança;
  • Centro de Medicina Física e Reabilitação do Sul, S. Brás de Alportel;
  • UA – Universidade de Aveiro (Depto Electrónica, Telecomunicações e Informática, Departamento de Física, Escola Superior de Saúde, Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão de Águeda);
  • CERCITOP, Mem Martins.

Other supports:

  • Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia – Bolsa de Doutoramento em Empresa;
  • Agência de Inovação, Rede Telesal – Bolsas no âmbito do Projecto LOPES – Localização de Pessoas.